MH17 crash: Relatives appreciate memorial but still seek answers

MH17 crash: Relatives appreciate memorial but still seek answers
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PETALING JAYA - Everyone in Karamjit Singh Karnail's family has been trying to be strong for each other since the MH17 tragedy.

Medical student Amarpal, 23, said the memorial was "very meaningful" and it "felt like only yesterday" that the plane was tragically downed.

"We miss our dad so dearly," he said.

Amarpal was at the memorial in KL International Airport with his mother Harbinder Kaur, 53, bro­ther Melvinderjit Singh, 22, and an uncle and aunt.

His 54-year-old father, an Exxon­Mobil employee, was one of the 298 people on board MH17.

He said the Malaysian government had fulfilled its promise by helping his family financially and emotionally.

"For that, I'm eternally grateful," he said.

However, Amarpal said his father did not deserve to die that way.

"No one on MH17 deserved to be murdered in such a manner. Justice must be served," he said.

He said the Russian government must show some sense of responsibility and respect to the victims by joining the tribunal and assist in the investigation.

In Muar, Md Salim Sarmo, 66, said this Hari Raya would be a so­­lemn day because his son, Mohd Ali, 30, would not be around.

"This year's Aidilfitri is like missing its shine because I had lost a child," Bernama quoted him as saying.

"No one really knows the sorrow in my heart."

Mohd Ali, who was the sixth of eight siblings, was pursuing a doctorate in Development Neuro­psycho­­pathology at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Md Salim and his youngest daughter, Noryasimah, 24, would fly to the Netherlands from July 15 to 18 to attend the commemoration ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the tragedy.

"I want to confront the country's authorities on the progress of the investigation," he said at his house in Kampung Jayor, Muar.

Md Salim also wanted the compensation process to be speeded up to enable them to fulfil Mohd Ali's wish to build a home next to the family house.

"Please pay the full compensation as promised. We have lost a son," he said.

"Let us fulfil his wish as soon as possible."

Md Salim said after almost a year, the family only received US$50,000 (S$67,545) from MAS.

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